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Education and Patient Care Standards
Education Overview
Exam Dates and Applications
Paramedic Equivalency
ACP Recognition
Paramedic Courses
Q&A - Dispatch
Q&A - Flight

Education and Patient Care Standards

The Education and Patient Care Standards section of Emergency Health Services Branch is responsible for the credentialing program for Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistants (AEMCA), Advanced Care Paramedics (ACP), Aeromedical personnel, and Ambulance Communications Officers (ACO).

In addition, the Education and Patient Care Standards section :

  • Monitors changes in pre-hospital emergency patient care practices and technology;
  • Develops key practice standards and training programs for regional/municipal delivery;
  • Develops and provides core training programs in support of patient care standards delivery to each EMA/Paramedic on an annual basis.

Education and Patient Care Standards liaises with the Ontario Base Hospital Medical Advisory Committee to develop and maintain :

  • Standards of patient care practice for paramedics;
  • Basic and advanced life support provincial standards;
  • Pre-hospital medical equipment standards.

The Education section administers the process required by the Labour Mobility Provision of the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) regarding recognition of paramedic qualifications from other provinces and territories, and uses the Paramedic Equivalency Process to review credentials and experience that may be equivalent to the paramedic qualifications required in Ontario.

Education and Patient Care Standards is also responsible for developing and delivering the core land ambulance Central Ambulance Communications Centres dispatch training program, both entry level and ongoing, to ensure land ambulance dispatchers meet Provincial training standards.

Paramedic services in Ontario are regulated by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care under the authority of the Ambulance Act and its regulations.

The Education Overview section describes paramedic programs, education and training as well as the Ontario Paramedic Equivalency Process for existing paramedics.

For more information

Emergency Health Services Branch
5700 Yonge Street, 6th Floor
Toronto, Ontario
Canada     M2M 4K5

Tel : 1-800-461-6431 (Toll-free in Ontario only)
Fax : 416-327-7911
Email :

Call the ministry INFOline at 1-866-532-3161
(Toll-free in Ontario only)
TTY 1-800-387-5559
Hours of operation : 8:30am - 5:00pm
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